The first impression that guests will receive of your wedding will come from the invitation. Therefore, you’ll want this important piece of stationery to reflect the tone and style of your wedding. Here are some quick tips for selecting and sending your invitations.
-Invitations can be traditional, contemporary, or a personal and creative expression of a couple’s style. The most traditional form is a folded invitation made of ecru card stock. Such an invitation is enclosed in two envelopes — an inner one with just the guest’s name and an outer one bearing the guest’s name and address.
(Your guests are expecting to see something like this, so why not switch it up! Invitations are SO creative these days. I love when the designer takes a specific element from your wedding and really incorporates it into the invite. Find one who can do this for you and your guests will be pleasantly surprised and excited to see what other tricks you have up your sleeve.)
-Invitations are sent by the wedding host.
-Children under the age of eighteen need not receive their own invitations; instead, their names should be included on the inner envelope only, under those of their parents. However, if you’re not using inner envelopes, the children’s names must be written on the outer envelope so the parents know they’re invited. Children over the age of eighteen should receive a separate invitation.
-If you’ll be inviting a friend or family member to bring a date, but you don’t know the date’s name, address the outer envelope to the main invitee only; on the inner envelope include the words “and Guest” after your friend’s or relative’s name. If you know the date’s name and the person is a significant other living at a separate location, it’s best to find out his/hers address and that person an invitation directly. If the two are living together, only one invitation is necessary; in this case you’ll want to list both of their names on the outer envelope.
-According to the rules of etiquette, a joint monogram should not be used before marriage. If you want to incorporate a monogram into your stationery, know that anything sent out before the wedding should have both of your individual monograms of your names. (I think this is a rather old rule and not too many people do it anymore, but it’s kind of interesting.) For printed materials that will be in the hands of guests after the ceremony, such as menus, a joint monogram is perfectly acceptable.
If you are doing invitations the traditional way:
-To assemble the invitations, stack components one on top of the other; the invitation should be at the bottom, followed by the reception card (if the reception card information is not included on the main invitation), then the response card (if one is being included), and any other enclosures. If you’re including a response card, it should be nestled under the flap of the unsealed response envelope (not placed inside the envelope); the response envelope should be situated face down, while the response card should be placed face up. Sheets of tissue (traditionally used to decrease chanced that the ink would smudge) are not as common as they used to be, though some brides include them to be safe or to add a classic touch. If you’re using an inner envelope, all of the above contents should be tucked inside it with their type facing up toward the opening of the envelope (except for the response envelope, which is placed face down), and it should be left unsealed; for vertically oriented components, the left side should be placed against the bottom of the envelope; the bottom of horizontally oriented components should be placed against the bottom of the envelope. The inner envelope should then be placed inside the outer envelope, with the guest’s name facing up toward the opening. A reputable stationer should be able to answer any questions you have regarding the assembly processes.
Confused yet? There are so many different ways to do invitations now-a-days. All of these papers are necessary but can be condensed in a simpler, more eco-friendly way. It’s completely up to you how you want to get the information out there, but above is tradition. It is the basic formula for your wedding invitations and you can reduce or add from there. Hope this helps!
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